"Why is the path so rocky for so many people and so much rockier for people of color?" On top of that, Warren enters the fray with already considerable financial advantages, including $12.5 million left over in her Senate campaign account, which she can transfer to her presidential campaign.
But a recent attempt to show her liberal hipster credentials backfired embarrassingly.
"I hope to see somebody fighting for middle class, and I've seen her fight for middle class, so I believe she can do it", one woman in line said.
Warren's trip to Iowa is her first event after announcing an exploratory committee for 2020 - a significant step toward announcing a full-fledged presidential run. But the party may have moved on from the once-hyped future party leader.
Warren has burnished her credentials in USA politics since 2008 by being vociferous in her criticism of the lack of oversight and regulation which, she maintains, led to the recession.
Friday was the first of four cities in Iowa that Warren plans to visit this weekend.
In October, Warren released the results of a genetic test showing she is only 1/1024 parts Native American-less than the average American white person.
Warren also slammed Trump as a "grifter and a scammer" who gives "giant tax giveaways to the billionaires, to the big corporations and a harder and harder squeeze for working families".
In that light, her latest spectacle may play right into an unpleasant stereotype-or it could be a cry for help.
That means she could be between 1/64th and 1/1,024th Native American. "Native Americans are one such group".
Though Warren announced the formation of a presidential exploratory committee Monday, Friday's event had all the trappings of a full-throttle presidential campaign. "I don't know, you'd have to ask her psychiatrist". "I'm going to build a grassroots campaign". "She is just not relating well to people other than those who just deeply agree with her". Bernie Sanders during his presidential run in 2016 - or hamper it.
"I think I'm going to mention just in passing-to try to generate a laugh, if I can-that the county seat of the county just east of here, the county seat is named Pocahontas", he said.